Mar 13, 2017

175 acres of Wilpattu forest land for fruit cultivation Featured

One hundred and seventy five acres from two reserves in the southern boundary of Wilpattu national park have been given illegally to a company named HVA Food for fruit cultivation, the Environment Conservation Trust alleges.

ECT director Sajeewa Chamikara says the land in question is located in the reserve connected to Kala Oya.

The company in question has cleared 35 acres of forest land in the Ralmaduwa-Achchimale archaeological reserve and running a pilot project to cultivate fruits illegally, according to him.

The four-million US dollar project involves organic farming for export and agricultural tourism, he adds.